Projects and Parties

How was your weekend?

Ours was a blissful blur of family and friends..
Managed to take a few pics in between brunch and dinner on Sunday
to show you some of the bits I made this week.
So inspired by this palette right now...

I added glitter to some eggs we had decoupaged last Easter, a la Eddie Ross.
Love how they turned out, but let me just say,
If you plan to break out the spray adhesive spray adhesive and glitter at the same time
 be prepared to have a sparkly home :)

The ric rak trimmed linen napkins turned out really well, 
they were a lot of effort but now we have a huge set
 that will work whenever we have everyone over together, which we do quite a lot!

Fell in love with some napkins rings at Pier One inspired by vintage brooches, 
but at five dollars each, buying 34 wasn't going to happen!
Instead, I bought some silk flowers, separated the leaves, 
added a pearl to the centre of each petal (on fishing line) and strung them on some gold ribbon.

We got a similar feel for $3.00, 
and all the girls collected them later and wove them into their hair :)

D. brought home a few dozen roses
(he is such a sweetie)
and so they were all throughout the house - 
it smelled amazing!

Natasha enlisted her cousin to help her decorate cupcakes with sprinkles and peeps -
and since we had all gathered here, we celebrated her upcoming twelfth birthday as well.

Did I just say twelfth? One more year til there is a teenager living here :)
This has been a big year of change for Tash,
I am beginning to see the woman she will become and couldn't be more proud of her.

Had planned to take some pictures of the buffet we set up because there was massive amounts
 of delectable goodies (for dinner and dessert) but it was a bit mad!

Can show you pics of the new dining room curtains I sewed up..

Isn't that fabric to die for?
A major splurge, 
but this window is the first thing you see entering the room and it needed some love!
This room is next on the list to be finished.

The chairs got new cushions - I was going to custom make some but went to Wal-Mart 
(yes, you read that correctly - WALMART!!!)
to buy the pillow forms and found these - 
perfect size, durable cotton linen-look fabric, tufted, piped box cushions for $10 dollars each!! Score!
 Scouting out art for a gallery wall in the next couple of weeks 
but since we had cleared out the previous display, and needed something up here for Easter,
 I framed a really beautiful bit of silk that I fell in love with recently.
(couldn't leave the store without a metre, although I had no idea where it was going to end up!)
The frame came from the thrift store - 
bought it for the original figural pastel inside, which is going to be re-framed and hung somewhere...
 The frame was in good shape, so a lick of black paint and it works for now.

What would we ever do without black and white paint?!!

Speaking of white paint,
I've been reading about a fellow bloggers struggle to find the right white paint this week.
Since it is such a common struggle,
thinking that perhaps a post about how to get white right might be helpful.
I'll try to get it up this week :) 

Looking forward to hearing (and reading) about how all of you spent your weekend...

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Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

I seriously might need to hire you to do help me find the right grey! Its been two years and I still haven't found it. And PS love love your table, turned out gorgeous!

Unknown said...

HA! Great minds- I framed up some silk too and love it. Your table was so lovely and I'm definitely with you on that colour scheme! Have we spoken before about how we both have Natasha's- probably have but my brain is mush. A giant happy birthday to yours!! Love your dining room and those cushions were definitely a steal- fabulous all around!!

Kerry said...

Looks like a fabulous Easter weekend! Loving the curtains in the dining room - they are absolutely gorgeous! As is that silk that you framed. Absolutely lovely! :)

Unknown said...

Great post! Love your table setting and your new curtains!!

Happy Birthday to your Natasha as well!! Very exciting age :)

Heather (love your space) said...

You were BUSY! Love all the little (and not so little) projects. Beautiful.

laxsupermom said...

We had a busy weekend of family and friends, too. I actually didn't pick up my camera the entire weekend. I had left it down in the office, and kept that door closed all weekend. Your weekend looked like so much fun. Love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

shannon said...

What a beautiful table setting!! And a beautiful birthday girl to enjoy it! And great score at Wal-mart--I love it when I stumble on a great{inexpensive}piece there! I love your blog! {what an honor to be included on your 'inspired read' list-thanks!}

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend! Such a pretty table and a pretty almost-teenager. Happy birthday to Natasha!

Haley @ Cardigan Junkie said...

That fabric is perfect!! Congrats on the Walmart cushions too - buy some spares in case you spill wine ;-)

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

What a gorgeous easter palette! I'll be eagerly awaiting the 'white' post... hahaha... at the moment, I'm back to good old cloud white (at least for the foyer.)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Wow Anne-Marie, you have been busyyyyy. Your table looks so beautiful. I'd love to see more of your house. It looks gorgeous from our little glimpses. I have a son who just turned 13 although I suspect the girls are quite a bit more mature at the same age:)

InteriorGroupie said...

Ummm...did you say 34? As in 34 for dinner? You are a brave brave woman!! The table setting looks absolutely wonderful though -you covered all the bases! Can't wait to see more pics.

Jessica said...

Looks amazing! So inspired to 'do' something special next Easter! BB


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